Many people across the country are not happy with the choice of Donald Trump or Joe Biden, so they are looking to possibly support a third-party candidate. Libertarian Party Candidate Jo Jorgensen seems to be the most popular of these candidates right now and it might be worth it to take a look at her platform.
Gun rights remain at the top of the list when it comes to issues that sportsmen care about, and the libertarian party is extremely relaxed when it comes to gun control. Their philosophy basically states that as long as you are not committing a crime there should be no restrictions on what type of guns you possess. So they do get receive high marks on that issue.
However, the biggest reservation that sportsmen should have with the Libertarian Party is their plan on how to manage public lands. In a town hall covered by Alaska Public Media, Jo Jorgensen outlined what he plan would be when asked how she would manage public lands.
Alaska resident Alan Rockwood asked how she’d approach federal land: national forests, parks, preserves and the like.
“If you look at western states, the federal government has a big hand in the land ownership throughout the west,” Rockwood said. “What are you gonna do about that? How are you going to manage that land base?”
“Sell it,” Jorgensen replied.
“Sell it? Who to?” Rockwood prodded.
“The highest bidder, I guess,” Jorgensen said.
She clarified that statement with that the high bidder could be the State of Alaska who could choose to keep the land in public hands. Or it could be sold to a private company founded to conserve the land. It is her opionion that the federal government isn’t a good steward of its land.
The biggest challenge facing hunters today is access, and anything that reduces it should have sportsmen take pause. Selling public lands would be the a huge blow to hunter access all across the country.
For many hunters private leases and trespassing fees are too expensive and public land is their only option to go hunting. Taking the public option away from them is not good for hunting as a whole.
So this November please consider carefully who you vote for and make support for hunting and the outdoors one of your considerations when selecting a candidate to support.